Douglas State Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Goodhue County and Olmsted County, Minnesota. It is within Douglas Trail & City Park and Douglas State Trail. It is 15.5 miles long and begins at 1,007 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 30.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 924 feet. Douglas State Trail and another parking, Douglas Trail and another parking, and Douglas Tr and another bicycle parking can be seen along the trail. There are also trees, woods, picnic sites, restroom, beaches, a wetland, and drinking water along the trail.
Douglas State Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"The Douglas State Trail occupies the railbed of the former Chicago Great Western Railway corridor between the cities of Rochester and Pine Island. Several of the concrete obelisk railroad mile markers are still visible along parts of the route.
Along the trail, users are treated to a diverse, bucolic landscape of verdant agricultural land, rolling fields, and
forest. Not far from Rochester, the trail passes through its namesake town of Douglas. The trail is paved over its entire route, but there is also a parallel natural-surface treadway for horseback riders and snowmobilers."
--Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, Rail-Trails Minnesota (Wilderness Press).
"Douglas State Trail has many of the same attributes as Luce Line, an extensive 60-plus-mile trail stretching from the western suburbs of Minneapolis toward the central plains of southcentral Minnesota. Like Luce Line, Douglas State Trail offers hikers a walking view of some of the richest farmland in the state."
--Tom Watson, 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Minneapolis and St. Paul (Menasha Ridge Press).
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